Mobile Devices Data Usage and Signaling Growth

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Did you realize that the amount of actively connected wireless devices has a forecasted growth rate from the 2013 reported totals as 13 billion units to 40.9 billion units by the year 2020?  That is with a ‘b’ and is over a 300% increase.

Providers of mobile services are dealing with what the requirements by the users of these communication devices are today and working on the solutions to provide data usage capabilities to all of the 40.9 billion devices in the years to come.  It is a daunting task.

If you have had a mobile phone even for a short time, you have seen the changes that have taken place.  The mobile phone is not just for making phone calls anymore as technology has expanded the capabilities of this device.  In addition, other wireless devices have entered into the collective mix of requiring data and signal activity.

 

These users now have one of more of the following: Smartphones, iPads, Tablets and Laptops and want and expect to have at their fingertips, worldwide, daily availability and instantaneous access to the applications that provide:

  • Banking Accessibility
  • Communications, Machine to Machine, commercial monitoring and control usage
  • Conferencing, Video to Video
  • Corporate Traveler Communications via intranet
  • HD Videos, streamed live
  • Music downloading
  • Social Media Network Access to multiple platforms
  • Video or Card Gaming Online
  • Web Surfing

 

With these expectations, mobile service providers need to know which of the mobile devices commands the highest amount of data usage and signaling resources.

 

So let us look at the data the service providers do have to work with, that of data usage and signaling resources.

The Domination of Smartphones

This probably does not come as a surprise.  The source of the results for a recent report compiled were from 30 million users on 3G user networks with 1 petabyte of data usage daily.   The findings showed that 86.2% of the total amount of devices worldwide are smartphones, Androids, 49.4% and iPhones, 36.8%.

With these numbers, Mobile Service Providers will have their hands full as they gather additional information and forecast how these smartphones users will be using their data.  Currently the data usage and signal activity of Androids is 47.9% and 59.7%, iPhones is 34% and 28% with Androids well in the lead in both categories.

 

In addition to the data usage, the biggest variable will be what types of smartphones will be purchased as the type of smartphone in service impacts both statistics greatly.

The study also showed the devices by popularity

  • Android 49.4%
  • iPhone 36.8%
  • Machine to Machine 3.3%
  • FeaturePhone 2.2%
  • Dongle 2.0%
  • Tablets 1.8%
  • Blackberry 1.7%
  • Other 2.3%
  • Mobile Wi-Fi .5%

 

Other Devices  

Dongle-DataCards:  with only 2% subscribers, has the capabilities for video streaming, online video or card gaming and picture down or uploads base and are pulling 9.4% usage of data.

Wi-Fi, Mobile:  With only .05% subscribers, it pulls 4.1% usage of data.  These numbers are difficult to calculate full capacity as several devices could connect to the one mobile device providing Wi-Fi access to the others.

Machine to Machine, for commercial monitoring and control, has .2% usage of data and 1.4% signaling.

 

One aspect in this study not discussed was as the mobile service providers prepare for the future of data usage and signaling activity is the fact that these service providers are not privy to what the mobile devices will be capable of in the future of 2020.

As said earlier, a daunting task and not a job anyone would really beg to do with this slightly important variable.

 

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